One of the most prestigious annual film festivals, the Berlin International Film Festival (a/k/a the Berlinale) is set to include several key Iranian selections in this year’s schedule. As an event for selling films for wider worldwide distribution, the concurrent European Film Market at the Berlinale is a crucial venue for budding filmmakers, so this news is especially exciting for those of us who want to see more Iranian films in our home markets.
Of special note this year is Shahram Mokri’s new film Hojoom (“Invasion”), an experimental thriller about police investigating a murder in a stadium. Much like Mokri’s previous film, Mahi va Gorbeh (“Fish & Cat”), his newest project was also produced with no second takes and in a single long-running shot.
Interestingly, Mokri was singled out for Best Director at the first ever Noor Iranian Film Festival, which The Iranian has previously written about.
Other notable Iranians included in the 98th Berlinale are Babak Jalali, whose Italian-produced Land concerns the plight of a Native American family, and Pooya Badkoobeh’s Dressage, a heist film which will have its world premiere at the event.
Cover image: Shahram Mokri’s new film Hojoom (“Invasion”)